'Toys for Tots' in need of more toys

'Toys for Tots' in need of more toys
North Bend - An annual drive is just getting underway to ensure all area kids have at least one gift under the Christmas tree this holiday season, but organizers say they're still in need of more help.

On Sunday, local volunteers were unloading boxes of toys and games at the Pony Village for the U.S. Marine Corps 'Toys for Tots' program.

It's a program that helps provide gifts to area children, age 16 and younger, from low-income families.

Coordinator Laura Doffing says this year, they expect around 1,500 to 2,000 kids to sign up.

She feels right now, they may not have enough toys for that many kids. But, she's hoping more toys will come in through community donations at the many drop-off sites in town, including Wal-Mart and the Coos Bay Fire Department.

On December 2, 3, and 9, families can sign-up at the mall to receive the toys.

They ask that parents bring proof that the child lives in the area, such as a student body card.

They hope to provide each child with two toys and stocking stuffers, and they plan to distribute them on December 16 and 17.